Pelosi: ‘Bush Air Pollution Proposal Put Americans’ Lives at Risk’

Dec 21, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi: ‘Bush Air Pollution Proposal Put Americans’ Lives at Risk’

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C â€" House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today issued the following statement on the Bush Administration’s proposed new regulations on particulate air pollution:

“Thousands of scientific studies have shown that breathing tiny particles of soot causes heart disease, asthma, and lung cancer. A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals even more evidence by showing how long-term exposure to fine particles leads to clogging of the arteries and thus to heart attacks.

“There is no denying that heart disease, known as the silent killer, has an invisible accomplice: particulate air pollution. The Bush Administration should move to reduce particulates, which are generated by combustion of fossil fuels.

“Instead, the Administration’s air pollution proposal is putting Americans’ lives at risk â€" ignoring the scientific evidence and pandering to the special interests that don’t want to clean up their pollution. But no matter how much the Administration twists and turns, they cannot evade the truth: air pollution is killing us.”